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Full release from Emanuel County Sheriff's Office regarding Andrew Tahmooressi's DUI arrest


Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens has released the following information related to the arrest of Andrew Tahmooressi:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I am offering the following information and booking photograph to interested news media. I ask that you publish the following statement as it is written due to the fact that I am granting this information prior to any open records requests.

On Wednesday March 11th, 2015, at approximately 8:45pm, the Twin City (GA) Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Andrew Paul Tahmooressi (26) of a Daytona Beach, Florida address. As a result of the traffic stop, Tahmooressi was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor traffic offenses of Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Improper Passing and Open Container Violation.

Tahmooressi was transported to the Emanuel County Sheriff's Detention Center without incident where he was held overnight. He was released from jail after posting a $4,000 property bond on Thursday, March 12th, 2015.

To dispel rumors of additional charges pending against Tahmooressi as a result of the traffic stop, our department can now verify that they are untrue. This was a “routine” traffic stop by all standards and there was nothing out of the ordinary that occurred during the arrest. We certainly do not condone driving under the influence of any substance, but those matters must be taken care of by the judicial process. It appears that Tahmooressi has no criminal history and no other arrests.

Tahmooressi, a former United States Marine, made international news in 2014 after being detained and imprisoned in Mexico for crossing the border with firearms and ammunition. He was released from prison in October of 2014 and returned to the United States shortly thereafter.

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